1901 Smith Premier 4 #25690
Status: My Collection
Created: 03-26-2017 at 07:31AM
Last Edit: 08-02-2017 at 01:02PM
Okay. The Smith Premier typewriter which was the last half of century sitting in the attic. Now it is alive! I truly love how rusty it is, but still decorated with decals, complete and again in working order. This is really piece of history. I am thinking about workers assembling modern mechanical marvel in 1901 and me putting it on the shelf as an antique curiosity...
This machine brought me so much typewriter happines that can be hardly put into words. I was feeling like Indiana Jones, when I was leaving seller's house with ball of dust in tin cover covered in another layer of dust. All the years of my typewriter collecting, there was great desire in me for this upstrike Smith typewriter, because it is really "The grandpa typewriter", something truly different from all other machines. Problem is, that even typewriter muggle can recognize, that this is something really weird, old and possibly valuable, when he pulls it from the attic. But I got really lucky. I paid prize of 1930s Continental in good shape and the fella was obviously happy about how much he got for something, that was piece of scrapmetal in his eyes. I am happy, he is happy and Smith is too, because now it is working.
Only real problem was broken metal drawband, mainspring in five or six pieces and some frozen parts. It turns out that biggest fragment of mainspring can be used again and I reatached drawband. Then just a little (really a little, because paint is falling off) cleaning. All my machines are functional, so this must be working too. The frozen parts looked quite bad in the beginning, but after a few drops of gun oil and wisely applied force is everything working again.
"Ahoj" - the first word written on it in decades. This machine is really neat. Its serious look, it is not just a tool, it is Typewriter, something that can turn touch of fingers through some magic strip of cloth into words on paper. The sound is great, typing action is smooth and light. Turning platen into reading position is efortless. I was merely astonished, how good typewriter this is. Whole weird concept of double keybard looks like something clumsy to use, but now I must say, that absence of the shift key is nice thing... Smith Premier - typewriter for lazy typers!
Ribbon is problem. It would be nice to have a new one, but hard thing to find without ridiculous shipping fee. Now, I am using three regular ribbons next to each other and it is working. I know, it is funny solution, but if red/black are used, the outcome is unique!
The adjusting wheel for mainspring is the best and most clever design than I have ever experienced on any other machine.
Wooden pad is missing and tin cover is relatively in good shape, even with readable decal.
Hunter: Vlastimil Novak (Schrei112)
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